I have the highlights of this on casette and cannot find a more satisfying version of "Carmen".
It was exceptionally well cast. Domingo (Don Jose) and Milnes (Escamillo)are both fabulously in full voice and Ileana Cotrubas the most moving Micaela I have ever heard. The greatest applause though must go to Teresa Berganza who really sings the title role to perfection with hot-blooded Spanish passion but also a confidence which commands our respect and sympathy, retaining musicality in every last note.
I really do hope that Deutsche Gramaphon will re-release this because it well deserves another opportunity.
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